Whenever you see faux stone, pay very, very close attention.
There are serious do-s and don't-s!
Faux stone almost always abuts a different material. In this case it is wood brick mold door framing.
Two disparate materials will expand and contract at different rates. They absorb moisture differently. They heat and cool differently. And they react to all of that differently! That's because they are DISPARATE!
This is new construction and one of many pictures I took of a basement door and its framing. It is in a stairwell, and will never get direct sunlight. It will always be cooler and wetter than the surrounds.
That is a recipe for long-term disaster.
This brick mold was not primed. How do I know? Because I could look beside that small crack on the left and see bare wood. MORTAR IS NOT WATERPROOF! This wood will rot quickly!
What is a proper way to trim this door. With flashing! On top of the framing and on the sides. Water needs about one billionth of an inch to get in. And it will get into this installation and rot not only the door framing, but wick into the other wood inside.
Smooshing (and in this case poorly smooshing) mortar around unpainted and unprimed and unflashed wood is not a professional installation. This "mason" had no idea what he was doing.
Remember the first EIFS stucco? Exterior Insulation Finish Systems, EIFS, did not initially do well because it trapped moisture. This was learned the hard way, in the school of hard knocks. The product and its installation techniques had to be changed. Use an improper technique and rot is the result. Just like this mortar will do to this house. Faux stone, improperly installed, is the new EIFS.
My recommendation: when you see faux stone, look for best practices. Those include proper installation and drainage, flashings (metal or membrane), and protective separation where disparate materials abut. Where would you learn all that?
Here is one place: http://www.culturedstone.com/technical/flashing.aspx
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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